For a running blog, I’ve come to realize that I talk fairly little about my actual running. I’ve told you what the pro’s do, I’ve recapped some races, and admitted that I might be addicted to it, but unless you stalk my garmin data, you really don’t see too much about my day in and day out training. Today all of that changes.
There are a number of different reasons for this, but nothing too serious.
- I had this complex when I first started blogging that no one wanted to hear about what I do all day, what I’m eating, or how often I’m running- like Jenna tells Matty in 13 Going On 30 “I don’t need a play by play.” But I did a reader survey about a month ago and in it a lot of people said they’d like a lot more training recaps and day in the life type posts.
- I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Once you tell the world what you’re doing there’s a higher level of commitment than if you just jot it down in your journal or planner.
- Documenting your running via pictures is seriously inconvenient.
My cousin calls 2016 “the year of getting over ourselves” so I’m going to channel that and talk all about my running and on Wednesday I might even tell you what I eat!
Well, nothing. But at the same time, I want to keep up my level of fitness until I decide exactly what I want to do. Since I’m not hardcore planning, I also want to be in shape just incase anything fun pops up.
Long story short, last year I was extremely competitive and raced maybe too much. I was determined to achieve some lofty goals by running any and every race I could get my hands on. I worked with a coach, changed my diet, and spent an obscene amount of money in entry fees. I snagged a lot of PR’s and neat prizes, but if I would have focussed on one thing at a time I know I could have done a whole lot better. Isn’t that true in everything in life? Now I’m getting all TOL on you. Redirection.
I don’t regret it or anything, but I’m ready to try something different. As of now I’m not necessarily scaling back from running, but I’m going to just be smarter about it and much more flexible.
After my marathon the first week in December, I took some time off for a couple different reasons that I won’t get into, but I’ve officially started back in my “training.”
Sunday: I ran 3 miles in Nashville before headed back to Memphis and then did yoga at Fleet Feet. Everyone’s pretty much scaled down in their training too so our instructor went harder on us than usual and I loved it. I am a huge believer in yoga for runners although I don’t know too much about it, but does anyone else ever feel tighter in their running after? I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts who knows more about it than I do. My hip flexors have been angry since.
Monday: I ran in 6 miles with the regular Monday night Fleet Feet crew although the girls segregated pretty quickly because we had a lot of catching up to do. And the men don’t want to hear what we talk about anyway.
Wednesday: I finally got to meet up with my friend Erica who lives less than a mile away. Making my own schedule at loose paces means I finally start going out of my way to find people to run with, which is also better for my heart.
Thursday: I thought about not going to the track workout because it was freezing and raining, but I made myself go and there were actually a lot of people who showed up too. We ran 1.5 miles to the track and did 12 x 200’s with a 200 recovery in between each and ran back. I ran at about 75% effort and didn’t really look at my watch so it wasn’t bad at all!
Saturday: I was supposed to run 10 miles that morning with Fleet Feet and then bust my tail to get to my small group leader training at church by 9:00, but my dynamic schedule had other plans. Mark’s boss invited us over for dinner Friday and it ended up being much longer than we expected. I didn’t get home until about 11:30 and I knew I needed to sleep and be fresh for my church thing so I had to sacrifice the running. I made up for it by running a faster 8 miles the next day.
This week’s plan is similar to the last and I don’t imagine the foundation of it changing too much. I already did Sunday’s run and it was cold, but felt great.
Do you use a coach or training plan or do your own?
How has your winter running been?
What’s the hardest thing for you to blog about?